When it comes to selling homes, one of the biggest allies a realtor can have is high quality images in their listings. Nothing does more to put off prospective buyers than poorly-taken, unprofessional and sometimes even downright ugly photos of a home, and so with that in mind, here follows a few tips to help real estate professionals take better photos of their properties.
In a recent interview with AOL Real Estate, David Rezendes, voted as the “Top Real Estate Photographer for 2011”, offered his advice on how to shoot a great photo. Real estate professionals are encouraged to pay attention:
Wider isn’t always better. While wide shots are great for capturing the entire room and showing off the space available, sometimes it’s best to focus on a particular architectural detail or vignette, says Daniel. Doing so “will convey the feeling of a home” and has a much more powerful effect, Rezendes explained to AOL Real Estate.
Always keep perspective in mind. Sometimes it will be necessary to move things around to get a better shot. This can help to keep things realistic, says Daniel, and can compensate for lens distortion.
Take care with verticals. When shooting an photo from an upward or downward angle, it’s easy to skew the vertical lines of the image. Try to keep the lines parallel, or edit the images afterwards.
Careful staging saves time. Crumpled sheets, an out of place pillow or unsightly power cables only take a second to put right, but fixing them with Photoshop can take hours.
Avoid the midday sun when photographing exterior views. It’s best to cover these shots in the morning or late afternoon to get the best natural light.
Watch out for reflections. Before taking a photo, ensure that neither the photographer nor any camera equipment is visible in reflections on mirrors, windows or any other shiny surfaces.
By following Daniel’s tips, real estate professionals will get closer to the kind of high quality images that can give any property listing a boost.
For more information, read the full interview at AOL Real Estate.